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About Garden Design


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About Garden Design


Garden Design in Melbourne.


The design of any garden is a skilled and sensitive process, existing initially in a designers mind. It's those wonderfully intangible but practical thoughts that you are paying for rather than the piece of paper which we call a plan.

Our design and supervision fees are in line with industry wide fees of 10-15% of construction costs depending on the size of the project. This percentage fee is based on an hourly rate of $120 / hr and the known hours required to complete design, documentation and supervision services.

Fully insured with both Public Liability and Professional Indemnity insurances.

Workflow
Our workflow with clients follows a similar pattern with each project:

  • Site consultation and approval for design fees as a percentage of installation costs.
  • Presentation of 3D concept animation and initial cost estimate to client
  • Feedback
  • Design revisions. Planting and materials plans and schedules created. Cost estimate refined based on changes.
  • Presentation of refined 3D and 2D presentation material.
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Garden Design Consultation


Garden Design Consultation


Garden Design Consultation.


The on site design consultation is the crux of the landscape design process.

It allows both designer and client to 'get to know each other' and to guage whether they can work together.

It is a verbal exchange taking approximately 90mins preferably on site. Design options and products will be discussed, along with the opportunity to discuss materials and budget, time frames.

Following the consultation a design proposal is forwarded which outlines the fee to develop a concept plan which shows the layout areas in the garden and provides a flavour for how the project will look when finished.

 

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Conceptual Garden Design


Conceptual Garden Design


Conceptual Garden Design.


Upon acceptance of our landscape design proposal a detailed survey of the existing conditions of your site will be completed.  This survey creates the base plan for the creation of 3D garden design concepts.

The garden design concepts will be presented to you with a concept plan.

Our Concept Design process is as follows

  1. Site Survey
  2. Initial 3D Concepts
  3. Presentation of initial concepts
  4. Resolve initial concepts into a final 3D concept and fly-through.
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Detailed Garden Design


Detailed Garden Design


Detailed Garden Design.


We refine the concept design and develop further information needed for the landscape construction.

Elevations of the garden, construction details if required, lighting plans and material choices are all chosen and documented. Details are added for finishes and elevations of all the major elements proposed in the design can be shown.  A site set out and lighting plan can also be supplied.  

Development of a detailed design will ensure a quicker, accurate and more successful tendering process and construction outcome.

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Garden Design Clients


Garden Design Clients


Garden Design Clients.


Cheswick Gardens have designed an installed a broad range of gardens.

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Garden Design Fees


Garden Design Fees


Garden Design Fees.


Our design and supervision fees are in line with industry wide fees of 10-15% of construction costs depending on the size of the project. This percentage fee is based on an hourly rate of $120/hr and the known hours required to complete design, documentation and supervision services.

Fully insured with both Public Liability and Professional Indemnity insurances.

DESIGN PROPOSAL EXAMPLE #1
Proposal for $20,000 project

Design Brief

A full makeover of the front and rear gardens to create more space for a growing family to spend time together. Replacement of the lawn with paving and planting, screening from neighbours.

Agreed Budget

To ensure we meet your expectations we've agreed on a project budget of $20,000 inc gst.  As discussed this may change according to your direction as the design unfolds.

Inclusions WITHOUT site supervision and tendering

The following package has been tailored to suit your needs.

1 x Concept plan development.
1 x Materials and planting palette.
1 x Basic construction details.
1 x Planting plan and schedule.
Proposed Fee    $ 2,200 inc GST     

Inclusions WITH site supervision

The following package has been tailored to suit your needs.

1 x Concept plan development.
1 x Materials and planting palette.
1 x Basic construction details.
1 x Planting plan and schedule.
Oversee site construction and iron-out on site problems.
Ensure work is completed in a timely fashion.
Ensure landscaper gets paid for work completed.
Proposed Fee    $ 4,400 inc GST   


DESIGN PROPOSAL EXAMPLE #2

Proposal for $40,000 project

Design Brief

A full makeover of the front and rear gardens to create more space for a growing family to spend time together. Replacement of the lawn with paving and planting, screening from neighbours, bbq and trampoline areas.

Agreed Budget

To ensure we meet your expectations we've agreed on a project budget of $40,000 inc gst.  As discussed this may change according to your direction as the design unfolds.

Inclusions WITHOUT site supervision and tendering

The following package has been tailored to suit your needs.

1 x Concept plan development.
1 x Materials and planting palette.
1 x Basic construction details.
1 x Planting plan and schedule.
Proposed Fee    $ 3,800 inc GST     

 

Inclusions WITH site supervision and tendering

The following package has been tailored to suit your needs.

1 x Concept plan development.
1 x Materials and planting palette.
1 x Basic construction details.
1 x Planting plan and schedule.
Oversee site construction and iron-out on site problems.
Ensure work is completed in a timely fashion.
Ensure landscaper gets paid for work completed.
Proposed Fee    $ 6,600 inc GST   


DESIGN PROPOSAL EXAMPLE #3
Proposal for $60,000 project

Design Brief

A full makeover of the front and rear gardens to create more space for a growing family to spend time together. Key features will include a new pool, bbq area, trampoline, replacement of the lawn with paving and planting, screening from neighbours.

Agreed Budget

To ensure we meet your expectations we've agreed on a project budget of $60,000 inc gst.  As discussed this may change according to your direction as the design unfolds.

Inclusions WITHOUT site supervision and tendering

The following package has been tailored to suit your needs.

1 x Concept plan development.
1 x Materials and planting palette.
1 x Basic construction details.
1 x 3D perspective and fly through (as per design page)
1 x Planting plan and schedule.
1 x Pool positioning plan / site layout plans.


Proposed Fee    $ 5,500 inc GST     

 

Inclusions WITH site supervision and tendering

The following package has been tailored to suit your needs.

1 x Concept plan development.
1 x Materials and planting palette.
1 x Basic construction details.
1 x 3D perspectives and fly through
1 x Planting plan and schedule.
1 x Pool positioning plan / site layout plans.


Tender project to 3 registered landscapers and report to client.
Oversee site construction and iron-out on site problems.
Ensure work is completed in a timely fashion.
Ensure landscaper gets paid for work completed.


Proposed Fee    $ 9,900 inc GST                   

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Testimonial


Testimonial


What others have to say.


Garden Design

“Jai was a delight to work with in the design of my garden. He listened intently to all my 'weird and wonderful' ideas and interpreted them in a practical yet creative manner. I love the outcome and wouldn't hesitate in recommending Cheswick Gardens.”

Susie Bunn

Garden Design and Installation

"Thanks for your fantastic work with transforming our outdoor areas into the wonderful landscapes that we have now. They will improve both our physical standard of living and emotional outlook for the future. Just great work really."

Michael Deutscher, Amicore Australia


School Garden Design and Indicative Cost Estimate

"Cheswick Gardens fulfilled all our needs in designing an educational, social and reflective garden space at Queen of Peace Parish Primary School.

Jai Cheswick formed a real partnership with us over several months - his approach to engaging with us made the design process a real joy...it showed us that enjoyment doesn't just come from the use of a beautiful garden; but also from our connectivity to what's in the space.

His sensitivity to our requests and his regular dialogue with us meant we feel like we have also played a part in the creation of a beautiful space.  He offered practical and honest advice throughout his consultation process and delivered all his promised services in a timely manner. He was also respectful of our budget and honest about what we could achieve with it.

Jai's provision of indicative material costs and advice on material suppliers was also valuable - it meant we felt some level of guidance on the construction phase, even after the design process ended. Jai's design speaks for itself - it will ensure the transformation of an empty paddock into an idyllic space where we can learn, gather, socialise or pray.

This garden will serve our staff, children and parish community for years to come. We look forward to achieving the great design he has provided in construction and would recommend Cheswick Gardens to anyone who wants a garden designed by a highly skilled, honest and friendly person." 

- Anthony Drill (Principal), Queen of Peace Parish Primary School


Education

Jai took time out of his busy schedule to provide my students with a glimpse into his professional experience and wisdom. The whole group really enjoyed the session and gained valuable insights into the professional realm.

Their feedback was that Jai provided fantastic information that was really down-to-earth and practical. His years of experience and obvious expertise shone through and provided an excellent example to the student group as to how to navigate the landscape design profession.

Many thanks Jai.

Miffy Gilbert, Holmesglen TAFE: Diploma in Landscape Design.


Garden Design

I had an amazing experience while working with Jai. His creativity is really impressive and has a wonderful flexible style. He pays attention to every minute details. My level of satisfaction while working with Jai is very high indeed and I would recommend him very strongly.

Dr. Syed Saif Akram

Garden Design

Cheswick Gardens designed our garden a few years ago. The process was genuinely consultative, thoughtful and flexible. The result was excellent. We have a beautiful yet practical garden in which we grow vegetables, the children play, and we can relax and entertain guests.
Perhaps the biggest compliment I can pay is that we have not felt it necessary to change anything in the intervening years!

Carl Benfield


Garden Consultation

Very good. Jai was professional and gave us some good insights that we otherwise would not have considered.

Tom Balzer